Yuni Kim Lang is a Michigan-based visual artist who works in sculpture and large-scale photography, and explores themes of weight, mass, accumulation, hair, adornment, and cultural identity. Her unique practice straddles the world of art and design, and often times her wearable art becomes the foundation for her conceptual artworks. Yuni is fascinated by our obsession and idea of adornment, especially as cultural signifiers. Yuni graduated with a Master’s of Fine Arts from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2013 and received her BFA from Parsons The New School for Design in 2009. She has also worked as a studio assistant for Chicago-based artist Anne Wilson. Below are images from Yuni’s photography series Adornment at Large and her sculptural work Comfort Hair.
On Comfort Hair “… was inspired by the Gache, which is a big wig that was worn by Korean women back in history who were of high social backgrounds. The bigger and heavier the wigs were, the more beautiful and aesthetic they were. My vision was to see hair in the way we fantasize about it. The dead hair that we imagine to be full of life. It is the part of the body that has no nerves or muscles but has movements and rhythm that feel alive. When you cut it off there is no pain and it does not bleed. Yet, we perceive it as a sacred entity, where many cultures in history have preserved hair.”
On Adornment at Large “The jewelry references qualities of my hair, thinking about cultural identities in a every globalizing world. The reference to hair brings you to a tactile and visceral place, allowing oneself to think about their own identity within adornment. The knot is cultural symbol. The art of tying knots dates back to prehistoric times, it is beautiful form that encompasses different layers and meanings of connection, conformity, and adornment. […] Thinking about this complex idea behind the body and adornment and its phenomenon in our society, I think about Jewelry as a monument.”